Santorum picks up endorsements, looks to Gingrich supporters
February 1st, 2012
02:02 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum picks up endorsements, looks to Gingrich supporters

Lakewood, Colorado (CNN) – At a press conference at Colorado Christian University on Wednesday, Rick Santorum announced a slate of Colorado endorsements that he hopes will help him gain traction before the state's caucuses on February 7.

The biggest names on the lengthy list of local supporters include former Colorado congressman and presidential candidate Tom Tancredo, former Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton and former Congressman Bob Schaffer.

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Following brief statements from those who were able to appear with Santorum at his press conference, the underdog candidate addressed his standing in the race and his recent intensified focus on Newt Gingrich, in both TV ads and public statements.

"I don't have hundreds of millions of dollars so I've got to focus my attention on where I think we can consolidate our gains," he said. To highlight one place where he could accomplish this, Santorum pointed to recent polling that asked what voters would do if their chosen candidate dropped out of the race.

"If you look at the voters who voted for me, and where they would go if I was not in the race it would be divided between Romney and Gingrich, actually more toward Romney than Gingrich," he said. "Interestingly enough, if Newt's out of the race almost all of his votes come to me."

This, Santorum argued, proved that Gingrich's supporters are backing him because they feel he can win, but "not because they necessarily think he's the best candidate." So one place where he can consolidate gains is by pointing out the troubles that Gingrich might have in a general election.

"One of us may be able to beat Mitt Romney but that's not the goal folks. The goal is to beat Barack Obama," Santorum told a crowd of 100 or so people gathered at the university.

Santorum then shifted his focus to Romney, arguing that his pitch to voters about his electability in November is also weak – but in different ways.

"Mitt Romney's big selling point to Republicans is I can win because I have the most money and the best organization," Santorum said. "Guess what, in the fall he won't have the most money and he won't have the best organization. I don't care how much money he raises, he won't have as much as Obama, because Obama, all he's doing is saving it, and he won't have the mainstream media on his side helping him out like it is in this race. So understand, money and organization is not going to win this election."

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Filed under: 2012 • Colorado • Newt Gingrich • Rick Santorum
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Data Driven

    "Money and organization is not going to win this election"

    I'm really starting to appreciate Santorum's dry wit.

    February 1, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. joe

    Most Americans do not agree with a word he has said, the warmongering gay bashing is going to kill the GOP in Nov.

    February 1, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    The only thing that impressed me in this article is he actually found an accredited "Christian" College to speak at. Considering the anti-intellectual bent of a lot of Fundamentalist-Christian-Conservative Republicans (if it ain't in the KJV, it ain't worth learnin' 'bout) the number of these institutions lacking accreditation by any educational recognition group is not surprising.

    February 1, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. Mikey

    Rick Santorum is going to be the next surge and will face off between Romney. C'mon folks get it together, as soon as Santorum pressures Romney during a debate he gets flustered, shakes his head and looks uncomfortable; he should be. Santorum, although not perfect, is still the best overall candidate. His above average and clean background will leave little for Obama to attack allowing Sanotorum to focus on the issues and rally this country. Let's not forget he is very expierenced in Washington as well.

    February 1, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  5. LacrosseMom(real one)

    @Mikey: you are delusional, Santorum is too extreme, he will be history soon.

    February 1, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. Jake

    wow! people really hate Newt, don't they!?

    February 1, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    "So understand, money and organization is not going to win this election."
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    Understand this, Sen. Santorum. You're dead wrong on both counts. Money matters more than ever before in today's politics. And, how a candidate runs and manages their campaign is a pretty good measure of how they would run and manage in elected office. Gingrich is a failure on both of those measurements, Senator.

    February 1, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. NZ

    I don't think that Santorum has the clout to win this election. If Republicans want to win this election, and I would hope that's the point, then they need to start thinking about electability and not someone's ultra-conservative values. Gay bashing and anti-abortion is not the way to go. In fact, it's not about social issues in this election. It's about economy!!

    February 1, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. once upon a horse

    "pretty Ricky" has sunk in the polls since he left Iowa and if he could not make a dent with the NASCAR crowd in South Carolina as I thought he would, I doubt if he is going to be a factor much longer. He is just too far to the right to win in a general election since he only panders to the GOP right wing base and even they have not given him enough support.

    February 1, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |